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Sep. 19th, 2007

12:16 am - Dang, and I haven't made that Wakko's America icon yet

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Ooo, there's this online quiz to see how fast you can think of all 50 states, and there's even a map (unlabeled) to help you out! Here's how I did:

2m 18s

Click here to try the quiz.



Huh, I guess the time is supposed to be displayed big and superimposed on the graphic, like it is on the site, but I see it normal size and below the graphic. Whatevs.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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From:kobi_lacroix
Date:September 19th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
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Yeah!
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From:darksasami
Date:September 19th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
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Bah! Firefox decided to update in the middle of my run. It distracted me so much that I accidentally left, of all things, Minnesota blank, and I somehow failed to notice what was missing for quite a long time. Ended up with over 3:30.

I should have stuck to alphabetical order instead of going geographically in stripes.
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From:yippee
Date:September 19th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
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I got like 1:48 myself. I learned the states in alpha order in elementary school but somehow I missed Minnesota and Illinois first time around.

Your nations of the world icon totally rocks. all that under 40K. Most impressive, Turkle!
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From:wbwolf
Date:September 19th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)
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What killed me was spelling. Louisiana, Connecticut, and Massachusetts gave me fits. Personally, I just started in Washington and worked my way east.
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From:kit_ping
Date:September 19th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Ditto! I can recite them all alphabetically in under a minute, but typing around the wee one and trying to spell the state with Boston in it killed me.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:September 19th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
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One of the reasons I'm so good at naming and spelling the states is, one of my favorite childhood toys was a jigsaw puzzle of the U.S., cut along the state borders so each piece is a state. And it wasn't one of those crude puzzles you see in toy stores, where the states are just painted in solid colors; it was made from a real Rand-McNally map, so it showed highways, city names and ocean names, and even a bit of geographical relief.

I think every child in America should be issued one at age 5, along with a similar puzzle of a map of the whole world. Maybe our students' geography scores would improve. :}

(I still have it, even. And several years ago I found an old classroom atlas with the exact same map in it, so I made a color copy of it, and then took cardboard, glue and an X-acto knife and made a replacement for the Connecticut piece which had gone missing since before I could remember.)
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:September 19th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
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Reminds me of an old Dave Barry column (I might even have it somewhere, was from late 80s, early 90s), mentioning how Americans have no idea where other countries are, but they can find their way around a mall no problem. He therefore concluded "If you put a Gap in the Persian Gulf, then by God Americans would learn where the Persian Gulf was!"

He also recommended cutting down the number of countries and to not give them silly names, like "Yemen" (his quote, not mine). To whit (from memory), "We should convince them, by means of a reasonable dialogue involving the threat of nuclear attack, that they should group together in three or four countries at best with names like 'That Squarish-shaped Country Colored Pink on the Map'"
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:September 20th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
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Ohh, Dave Barry, you wacky, wacky guy, you. What won't you find hilarious?
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:September 19th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Boo ya!

And, even being a Canadian, I took great pride (geek thing y'know) that I could recite all 50 states (and the "District of Columbia") alphabetically, in 30 seconds flat. Ask me nicely and I can do it again, but I haven't in a while.

(Apparently I can type slower than I can speak because, like several of you, I did them alphabetically as well.)

Now lets get one with all the members of the UN! (And keep in mind, they aren't all in Yakko's World!)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:September 19th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Not far behind you on my first run: 2m 26s. I didn't realize how it worked at first -- thought you were supposed to click on the state before naming it.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:September 19th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Shaved off 22 2nds the 2nd time.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:September 19th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, how fast can you name all the Australian states and territories? No peeking at any reference materials now!
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From:qaianna
Date:September 20th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
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1:24, once I got a fair test. Yes, 1:24.

And that was because my brain fizzled on Ohio. Hate forgetting a state I lived in.

By the way..er, you might want to doublecheck your colour coding on your icon there--you listed Greenland as a separate country, which Denmark might disagree with ... and French Guayana is 'French' for a reason too ;) Hong Kong was also in white.

I'll grant Scotland, England, and Palestine, tho. The first I think are kind'a scored as separate countries in the UK, while Palestine..ugh.
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